Author Interview with Jonathan Carnley

Describe yourself in five words. Intelligent, Fun, Loyal, Adventurous and Funny.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I am legally blind.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I have had to deal with it my entire life due to my childhood and vision. I have just ignored it an understand that failure and success are both a possibility because you cannot have one without the other. If I fail, I keep trying until I succeed. If I am afraid I do it anyway and have always been able to overcome fear.

What scares you the most? Dying alone.

What makes you happiest? Bringing joy to others

Why do you write? I write to try to help others see the things that are often overlooked or to bring joy to others with my children’s books.

Have you always enjoyed writing? Yes, since I was young. It was always an escape from the bad things in my life.

What motivates you to write? People asking me for advice or about my story.

What writing are you most proud of? I am most proud of my book No More Relationshit because it has helped many of my female friends to make better choices when dating. It points out the red flags that they should be looking for and the various types of men.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? The way that my children have turned out.

What books did you love growing up? I read as many as I could and had a very eclectic taste in literature but due to my vision, I listen to more than I was able to read.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? That I was a good man that always helped others and never expected anything in return.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Marketing

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? I would continue my study of Psychology.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Near the ocean.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? This book is dedicated to all the amazing women that have been both my inspiration and my friends; without you, your questions, critiques, and encouragement this book would not have been written.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in

writing look like to you? People saying that my book helped them in their review.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  Here is the introduction from the book. First, a little about me to give you some insight into why I decided to write this book. I was severely abused, both physically and mentally, and was bullied because of my eyesight. I was also molested when I was an adolescent. Due to these things, I have a unique perspective into the way that abusers and predators think. I wrote this book because I am tired of seeing so many great women being used, taken advantage of, and treated poorly. I was encouraged to do so by so many of my female friends, as according to them, I have given them great insights into the way men think and act. I have listened to all my friends, and when I heard some of the things that had affected them, I realized that I had personally done some of those things to others. That realization caused me to do a lot of introspection. I came to understand that even though I had not done those things with malice, I was still guilty. To be honest, I haven’t always been the best man. I have my issues and am definitely not a saint. However, through the knowledge that comes with age and mistakes, I have learned what not to do and have vowed to never make the same missteps again.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? I spend time with my pet wolf letting him meet new people and learning something new every day.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I hope that they will know that they are not alone in their situations and that at least one man truly has their best interest in mind and expects nothing in return.

Where are you from? Kilgore, Texas

Why do you write? To help others and to make them laugh as well as let them know they are not alone. 

What do you write about? This book is about helping women avoid men that are not worthy of their time or attention.

Do you have a specific writing style? No, the books that I have written are very diverse.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Putting my childhood out there so that people could understand how I could relate to the things they may have gone through.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? I had a lady come up to me in tears and hug. She told me that my book saved her and her kids because it clearly pointed out the signs of a child predator.

How long have you been writing? 2 years

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? 2 years ago.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I work for myself, so it is the same. My schedule is very flexible.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Having to adjust to trying to be PC.

How long does it take to write a book? It took me 3 months for my first book.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Write about what makes you happy and write from the heart.

What do you think makes a good story? Something that people can relate to.

What does your family think of your writing? They love it and are very supportive.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes, I hope so, I am writing a series of children’s books about my pet wolf.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? This book is not about how to find the right man or to point out the mistakes that you may have made. It is about helping you to see what you may have missed that lead to the wrong choice with some humor just when you need it to break up the seriousness.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I got my first request from someone to sign my book.